These old Ilford transparencies found in a box belonging to my father Brian Atkin show the Norfolk Broads in 1956.
It was a time when my parents were young, both sailing cruisers and motor cruisers were made from timber, the boat hire companies had quaint old sheds, everywhere – including Wroxham Bridge – was much more peaceful, and I was a little boy still in his cot.
I haven’t included it in this post because of its quality, but one of the shots shows a sprit-rigged Thames barge on the Broads. Nowadays, that sounds pretty unusual, but I’m prepared to bet it was a frequent occurrence years ago.
Claude Worth’s book Yacht Cruising includes many
charming pen and ink drawings
Claude Worth became a legendary cruising yachtsman, but everyone has to start somewhere – and Worth’s description of sailing his first yacht in his legendary book Yacht Cruising is highly entertaining. Click on the thumbnails below for readable scans.
‘We who adventure on the sea, however humbly, cannot but feel that we are more fortunate than ordinary people, and that we have something which we could not tell nor they understand.’
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Newly built Blue Moon at Cem Gur’s boatyard in Turkey. As
usual, click on the images for an enlarged photograph
Fans of Thomas Gillmer’s Blue Moon design based on the traditional Falmouth quay punt will be pleased the boat is being built again, in Turkey. See the builder’s website at http://www.classicboats-turkiye.com .
For more on Thomas Gillmer’s Falmouth Quay punt-based design Blue Moon, click here.